Here’s how alcohol wreaks havoc on your fitness regimen.
Hard training sessions drain the the carbs stored in the liver and muscles, leaving your muscle tissue in need of repair. In other words, it stalls your recovery process. Having alcohol too soon after training displaces carbs, lowering levels 50 percent of the norm up to eight hours, according to one study. Have a post-recovery snack or drink after training to help repair muscle (low-fat chocolate milk) before drinking.
PACK ON FAT
Alcohol breaks down amino acids and store them as fat. It increases cortisol levels (a stress hormone), which encourages fat storage, particularly in the midsection.
Researches found that alcohol decreased sleep duration and increased wakefulness in the second half of sleep. Sleep time decreased by more than 30 minutes over the night. This disturbance of your sleep cycle can reduce your human growth hormone production, which builds muscle, by as much as 70 percent.
DEPLETED WATER AND NUTRIENTS
Alcohol irritates the stomach lining, which can reduce your capacity to absorb nutrient (the reason your stomach can be upset after having a few too many drinks). Not to mention, alcohol makes you pee, which leads to dehydration. And you can’t rehydrate with a dehydrating drink (alcohol).